Sri Lanka Set Pakistan 243 To Win Asia Cup Opener
Sri Lanka 242-9 (Mathews 55no, Shoaib Akhtar 3-41) v Pakistan
Asia Cup game one, Dambulla
Pakistan will chase 243 to beat Sri Lanka in the opening game of the Asia Cup after returning fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar returned three for 41 and the home side failed to build on a solid start in Dambulla.
Mahela Jayawardene (54) and captain Kumar Sangakkara (42) added 83 for the third wicket after the openers fell early but Sri Lanka were then pegged back by a strong Pakistan bowling attack.
Akhtar was backed up by Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif as Sri Lanka lost wickets at regular intervals, Akhtar dismissing Upul Tharanga for 11, Chamara Kapugedera for two and Farveez Maharoof for one.
With Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzaq also taking a wicket, it was left to Angelo Mathews to try and rescue Sri Lanka's innings, and he made an unbeaten 55 in 61 balls to haul his side up to a competitive score, hitting four fours.
Nuwan Kulasekara (14) and Lasith Malinga (16) gave him some much-needed support before Aamer had both men bowled to return figures of two for 57.
Pakistan handed a debut to Umar Amin, who took the catch to dismiss Tharanga, and opener Shahzaib Hasan.
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